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Ukraine Live Day 281

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Russia 'Will Wait Patiently' For France To Deliver Mistral Warships

France's delivery of Mistral amphibious assault warships has been suspended indefinitely, "until further notice." This is a language change from the previous"delay" but it is an announcement that stops short of total cancellation. The €1.2 billion ($1.5 billion) contract, slated to be the largest NATO arms deal with the Kremlin ever, is still very much in limbo. France would either have to refund that money to Russia or ultimately deliver on the contract. One option is to sell the ships to another NATO member and give Russia a refund, but so far there don't look like there are buyers.

Russia is indicating that rather than pursue legal action, as they had previously stated, they will simply wait on the deal. Christian Science Monitor reports:

Russia's deputy defense minister told RIA Novosti news agency that Moscow was not planning to take any immediate action against France for delaying the deal.

"We are satisfied, it is the French who are not satisfied, and we are going to patiently wait," said Yury Brosiov, according to AP. "Everything is spelled out in the contract, and we are going to act in accord to the contract like all civilized people."

Mr. Brosiov statement marks a significant departure from the Kremlin's stance earlier this month. Just a couple of weeks ago, an unidentified Russian source told RIA Novosti that Moscow would seek compensation from France if the first Mistral were not delivered by the end of November.

Meanwhile, the Russian sailors who were supposed to sail the Mistral ships back to Russia are currently stuck in France. The Wall Street Journal reports:

The first of the two ships was due to sail on Nov. 14 from the French port of Saint-Nazaire, where about 400 Russian seamen had been training to operate the vessels. The seamen, who were supposed to sail the ship back to Russia, are now in limbo, having concluded their training sessions weeks ago.

-- James Miller



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Ukrainian Railways Says They May Cease Operations In Occupied Regions

Ukrainian Railways (Ukrzaliznytsia) has announced they may suspend rail movements in areas occupied by Russian backed forces due to safety fears.

UNIAN reports:

The head of the legal department of Ukrzaliznytsia Oleh Titov announced the possible suspension at a press conference on Tuesday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on September 21 long-distance trains passenger services to Luhansk were renewed after having been suspended from the end of July.

As reported earlier, Ukrzaliznytsia changed the terminal station of three passenger trains in the Donetsk region to Kostiantynivka instead of Yasinuvata due to the increase in fighting in the east of Ukraine. The move affected trains No. 10/9 Kostiantynivka to Moscow, No. 125/126 Kostiantynivka to Kyiv, and No. 92/91 Kostiantynivka to Odesa.

Ukrzaliznytsia has said that if there is any further destabilization of the situation in eastern Ukraine, the railway industry could lose up to $3 billion by the end of 2014.

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Volunteer Centre Shelled In Debaltsevo - 1 Dead, 6 Wounded

UNIAN reports, citing Hromadske TV, that a volunteering centre in Debaltsevo has been shelled, killing one person and injuring at least six.

According to the report, the centre, which was hosting soldiers was shelled by Russian-backed forces with Grad rockets. 

A volunteer from the medical office at the Sontseslava centre told Hromadske that the building has been left without water or electricity. Their medical station has now relocated to a bunker.

The following images of the destruction were posted in an appeal for help on a Ukrainian volunteers' Facebook group:

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-- Pierre Vaux

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Shelling Heard In Donetsk

Shelling is clearly audible at the moment on the Ruptly live feed overlooking Donetsk Airport

Large flashes have been visible in the sky above the airport as regular, deep thuds and intermittent, larger explosions are heard.

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Donetsk news site 62.ua reports that the airport and the Kievsky and Kuybyshevsky districts are under fire from both artillery and MLRS.

-- Pierre Vaux

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Russia Announces 8th 'Humanitarian Convoy' To Enter Ukraine On November 30

Russia's state-owned TASS news agency reports that Vladimir Stepanov, the deputy emergencies minister, has announced that another "humanitarian convoy" is due to enter eastern Ukraine on November 30. 

This will be the eighth such convoy, without authorisation from the Ukrainian government or the oversight of the International Committee of the Red Cross, to enter Ukraine this year.

TASS reports:

“Over 100 vehicles are due to cross the border on Sunday. They are to deliver 1,000 tons of cargo,” Vladimir Stepanov said.

The convoy will consist of building materials needed for the destroyed houses: glass, slate, roofing material and also fuel.

Stepanov said one half of vehicles will go to Lugansk while the other one to Donetsk. “We know exactly where this aid will go,” Stepanov said.

-- Pierre Vaux
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